Plan Your Visit
Heading to Gippsland to visit the Archibald Prize 2021? Check out the travel information below, as well as tourism content to enhance your visit to the region.

Where is the art?

The Gippsland Art Gallery is located at 13 Grand Canal Drive, Sale, in Wellington Shire Council.

Exhibition dates and times may be viewed on the Dates and Times page.

Sale sits on the traditional lands of the Gunaikurnai people in Gippsland.

Port of Sale (Wellington Centre) exterior.

Exploring art by car?

Sale is located 187 kms from inner Melbourne, a 2 hour and 40 minute drive along the M1 highway.

There are petrol stops along the way, and the highway allows access to the regional hubs of Warragul and Traralgon on the way to Sale.

There is ample parking in Sale’s town centre, and extensive parking options available on Grand Canal Drive - including accessible parking to visit the Archibald Exhibition.

Port of Sale information desk.

Exploring art by train?

Sale can be accessed on the VLine network, connecting Gippsland to Melbourne and beyond.

Monday to Friday there is train leaving Southern Cross station at 7.16am, arriving in Sale at 10.21am; and a 1.24pm Southern Cross train that arrives in Sale at 4.26pm.

On Saturday and Sunday there is a train leaving Southern Cross Station at 7.54am arriving in Sale at 10.45am, and a 12.21pm Southern Cross train arriving in Sale at 3.25pm.

All trains that arrive at the Sale Train Station will be met by our free Archie Bus to take you to the Gippsland Art Gallery.

Please view the below link for additional information on making your journey by VLine.

Southern Cross Station, Melbourne.

The Art Bar

Open for the duration of the Archibald Prize, the Art Bar is operated by The Dock Espresso and looks out at the picturesque Port of Sale. Grab a coffee and a bite to eat or relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the buzz of the Archibald Prize.

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5.30pm
Friday: 9am – 10pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am – 6pm

Bookings are not required, however all patrons over the age of 16 will need to provide proof of being fully vaccinated from Covid-19.

The Archie Bus

Running every hour, the Archie Bus enables you to access the whole of Sale, and is free to use during the Archibald Exhibition.

Check out the Archie Bus page for further information.

Travelling through Melbourne from regional Victoria

Victoria’s current restriction levels currently allow for travel through the Restricted Area (Melbourne) to reach Sale, without stopping in the Restricted Area.

The Restricted area on the M1 extends through Cardinia Shire (past Pakenham). You may stop once you enter the Baw Baw Shire, approximately 100km east of Melbourne CBD.

The towns of Drouin and Warragul mark your entry into Gippsland and back into regional Victoria.  

For more information refer to the Stay Safe Directions (Regional Victoria) (No 8) which can be found on the DHHS website.

Staying local? Explore the Middle of Everywhere

Sale and the Gippsland region is rich in history, landscape and culture, and every town and district offers a unique experience of our wild, eastern land.

If you are staying in and around Sale and Wellington Shire Council, head over to The Middle Of Everywhere and discover boutique accommodation options, local food and beverage offerings and hidden gems that are worth discovering for yourself.

There is also the option to curate you own visitor package experience.

Local winery.

Staying a little longer? Explore the greater Gippsland region

Gippsland covers a large area of eastern Victoria, spanning from the mouth of the Snowy River to the southern wilds of Wilson’s Promontory.

Whether you’d like to go for a hike, visit wineries and breweries, go coastal or just get lost, make the most of this region while you’re here for the Archibald Prize.

More information to plan your own adventure can be found on the Visit Gippsland website.

Suspension bridge at Tarra Bulga National Park.

Want to see more art in Gippsland? The Gippsland Arts Trail…

Our Entries Exhibition

In retrospect of the Archibald Prize being exhibited in Sale, the Rosedale Chamber of Commerce is hosting ‘Our Entries’ which will be collection of past Archibald entrants from our very own Gippsland artists.

Our Entries is a portrait exhibition from Gippsland artists who have entered the Archibald Prize in previous years, but have been unsuccessful in getting short listed.

This once in a lifetime opportunity will give you the chance to see the quality of Gippsland artists work. It will also show you how difficult it must be for the Archibald judges to chose which paintings will be short listed.

The short term gallery is located at the Rosedale Mechanics Hall, Princes Highway, Rosedale and will be opened for the seven weeks whilst the Archibald Prize is in Sale, between 9 October to 21 November 2021.

The gallery will be opened each Saturday and Sunday between 10am to 5pm and will be fully manned by our team of volunteers.

Warragul Region Arts Trail

Explore artist studios across Baw Baw Shire Council.

As you travel through Baw Baw Shire on the way to Sale, why not make a few stops at artist studios as a part of the Warragul Region Arts Trail?

Open by appointment, simply call ahead and meet makers and artists such as sculptor Laurie Collins, Sue Acheson, Phil Henshall and Helen Timbury Design, and small galleries such as Station Gallery and Community Arts Hub Yarram, Baw Baw Arts Alliance, and the Serigraph Gallery.

The trail showcases 16 artists who have studios throughout Baw Baw Shire – a perfect way to explore the region whilst acquiring new works for your collection.

For more information and contact details for each artist and studio, visit Warragul Region Art Trail - Visit Baw Baw.

Helen Tinby design.

Image: Helen Timbury Design.

Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre

Exhibition: Noel Counihan, Robert Smith and Wonthaggi

Heading coastal? If you’re following the coastline to Sale, make sure to stop in at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.

Located at 96 Graham Street, Wonthaggi, from the 27th July – 16th November is an exhibition titled Robert Counihan, Robert Smith and Wonthaggi.

This important exhibition showcases an inaugural curation of works drawn from the Robert Smith Collection, curated by Ken Scarlett (OAM). The Robert Smith Collection’ comprises 596 works by Australian and International artists working in date range from 1500 to 2000. The Collection focuses on Australian and International artists who express humanist values and/or a social commitment in their work and links back to the Wonthaggi region through the emphasis on manual labour, industry (including mining) and working class life.

For more information visit the Bass Coast website, send an email, telephone (03) 5671 2470  or check out @wonthaggiartscentre on Facebook or Instagram.

Noel Counihan, Robert Smith and Wonthaggi exhibition.

Image: Noel Counihan, Robert Smith and Wonthaggi exhibition.

Stratford Arts Trail

The Stratford Arts Trail is a 3km interactive experience created in 2012. It is an all abilities adventure in art, music and children’s discovery.

Further information may be found via the Shakespeare of the River Festival website.